Enhancing the professionalism of financial advisors in the best interests of the consumer

Course Code 245

 

CCH/Advocis FPSC-approved Capstone Course

Format: Self Study
CE Credits: 30
Pre-requisites: CFP Core Curriculum (231, 232, 233, 234)
Study Hours: 115 hours
Price:
Member: $510.00*/$600.00
Non-Member: $720.00*/$800.00
* With Loyalty discount for students that have completed CFP 231-234 through Advocis.
Plus shipping and applicable taxes (FPSC case study not included).

The major focus of this course is the preparation of a comprehensive financial plan based on an FPSC approved case study that follows the six-step financial planning process and addresses the competencies laid out in the CFP® Professional Competency Profile. Students are expected to apply the knowledge gained throughout the CCH/Advocis CFP® Certification Program to develop a comprehensive financial plan that addresses the objectives of a hypothetical client.

The student is also expected to participate in an Ethics Discussion Forum that requires the application of the FPSC professional Code of Ethics and Practice Standards to analyze a case study.

Also as preparation for the FPE2 the course material provides a review of the key topics addressed in the CFP core curriculum including:

  • Taxation planning
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Asset management
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Financial Management.

Students are required to complete case study exercises by reviewing a number of case studies and responding to multiple-choice questions based on those case study situations.

Other study aids include a unit on exam writing techniques and a number of multiple-choice tests that allow students to evaluate their knowledge level in the key topic areas.

Note: The Modular Plan and Comprehensive Plan is based on the FPSC Case #4:
The Sam and Sara Knight Story.

Students must purchase the FPSC case separately through the FPSC website.

Target Audience:
Financial Advisors

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Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the financial planning industry and the Financial Planning Standards Council’s role in bringing professional standards to practitioners;
  • Apply the provisions of the Income Tax Act to the financial planning exercise;
  • Understand and apply risk management principles and practices in developing a client’s financial plan;
  • Evaluate asset management strategies for a client;
  • Analyze retirement programs and products as part of the financial planning process;
  • Evaluate estate planning alternatives based on the integrated knowledge gathered from the client during the financial planning process;
  • Consider financial management strategies in addressing financial planning problems and opportunities.

Delivery Methods:

The Capstone Course is offered twice a year in semester format.

Self-study:
CCH/Advocis FPSC-approved Capstone Course is designed as a self-study course with success highly dependent on the student's personal discipline. To increase study effectiveness, students should set-up a study schedule. To maximize learning, students are encouraged to take full advantage of all the end of module self-test questions as well as the exercises, problems and case studies offered throughout the course.

Instructor led:
Advocis and CCH have partnered with a number of post secondary institutions to offer this course in a classroom setting. Please click here for additional information on how to register for this program through one of our education partners.

Registration Includes:

  • Printed Study Guide
  • Online core curriculum practice review quiz
  • Access to help for course related questions – online and fax
  • Access to the Advocis Learning Centre
  • First financial plan submission

Additional Materials:

Financial Planning Case Study, FPSC, $47.99 (plus taxes)

Not Included

Completion Requirements:

Passing mark is 60% overall.



Summer 2015 (registration June 1, 2015 to July 20, 2015)

Assignment Percentage of Overall Course Mark Deadline

Completion of modular financial plan

20%

August 7, 2015

Completion of comprehensive financial plan

50%

September 18, 2015

Participation in online ethics discussion forum

10%

First posting: August 18, 2015 Second and third posting: September 4, 2015

Completion of four online module tests

20%

September 30, 2015

Completion of each component is mandatory in order to pass the course.

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